DVLA medical for drink driving disqualification. (High risk)

#1
Hello - I'm looking for any information regarding this test.
I am high risk due to two offences in 10 years. I was banned for 4years with 10 months reduced for attending the rehabilitation course. My ban is up at the end of March and I cannot wait.
I am not dependent nor a heavy drinker, however, I drink a few units of vodka per day .. probably 4/5units, plus I have the occasional binge.
I abstained from drinking 9 days ago and my medical is this Friday the 7th Feb. During this time I have been taking Milk Thistle, B12, Q10 & Omega 3 plus fresh lemon juice (All of these were recommended to me to flush my liver through)
I eat healthily and exercise regular.
I am absolutely petrified that my blood test will fail.
Any help, advice would be greatly received.

Ps. I could put my medical back a week which would perhaps give me a bit more 'healthy liver' time but I then run the risk of the results and DVLA's decision not being back in time. (Approx 7 weeks is needed)
 
#2
Pinky,
I depends on how honest you are being with yourself about the 4 to 5 units daily..... , is that a genuine amount, or what you aim for....? Do you have a lunch time "top up" as well? How often is the "occasional" binge?
without answers to the above, it is difficult to say how the medical will go. The 9 days abstinence is good, but the result it likely to depend on how long you have been drinking within reasonable limits rather than that.
i would suggest you go for a weeks delay in the medical if you can, it can only increase your chances of passing.
Don't worry about the possible delay in getting your licence back as if the driving date comes any you have not had the results then you can ask to drive under a Section 88 licence while the process continues, so there will be no delay.
 
#3
Thanks for the speedy reply Price.
My units calculation is as near to the truth as I can get. Occasionally it could be a couple more but the same in reverse. I do not drink heavily but I have an early evening tipple while I prepare my meal and then I don't usually want anymore. Of course if I'm out socialising then it's different and that's where the binging might come in. That's probably twice a month. As for lunch time drinking ... that's a no no. Firstly, I'm a counsellor and I do not mix my professionalism with my pleasure and secondly, I wouldn't give a thank you for a day-time drink.
I am tempted to go for the delay in the medical but I really don't want to drive under the section 88 as my insurance will be confusing. That is, unless you know something different?
I guess a further week waiting to drive would be better than a further 6 months if I fail?
So confused??
 

Moodle

Well-known member
#4
Thanks for the speedy reply Price.
My units calculation is as near to the truth as I can get. Occasionally it could be a couple more but the same in reverse. I do not drink heavily but I have an early evening tipple while I prepare my meal and then I don't usually want anymore. Of course if I'm out socialising then it's different and that's where the binging might come in. That's probably twice a month. As for lunch time drinking ... that's a no no. Firstly, I'm a counsellor and I do not mix my professionalism with my pleasure and secondly, I wouldn't give a thank you for a day-time drink.
I am tempted to go for the delay in the medical but I really don't want to drive under the section 88 as my insurance will be confusing. That is, unless you know something different?
I guess a further week waiting to drive would be better than a further 6 months if I fail?
So confused??
Hiya Pinky,

I would definitely do as Price suggests, the more days the better and I drove under section 88 with the letter provided by the DVLA and my new insurer didn't even want to see it! nor did they ask for my drivers licence when I got it.....

I got my insurance via Think but I am insured with Aviva but mine was a DR40 charge (drunk in charge of a vehicle).....

Moodle
 

Moodle

Well-known member
#5
Hello - I'm looking for any information regarding this test.
I am high risk due to two offences in 10 years. I was banned for 4years with 10 months reduced for attending the rehabilitation course. My ban is up at the end of March and I cannot wait.
I am not dependent nor a heavy drinker, however, I drink a few units of vodka per day .. probably 4/5units, plus I have the occasional binge.
I abstained from drinking 9 days ago and my medical is this Friday the 7th Feb. During this time I have been taking Milk Thistle, B12, Q10 & Omega 3 plus fresh lemon juice (All of these were recommended to me to flush my liver through)
I eat healthily and exercise regular.
I am absolutely petrified that my blood test will fail.
Any help, advice would be greatly received.

Ps. I could put my medical back a week which would perhaps give me a bit more 'healthy liver' time but I then run the risk of the results and DVLA's decision not being back in time. (Approx 7 weeks is needed)
I had my medical on the 18th Nov and had my licence in my hand about 18 days later.....it shouldn't take 7 weeks from medical unless they go for a GP report after the medical etc.... if your ban isn't up until the end of March provided you haven't got issues with alcohol on record at the GPS in the last 3 years...?? that would be highlighted IF your blood test was a bit too high...you should be ok but definitely take it as late as possible...
 
#6
Thanks Moodle - yes definitely I'm leaving it for another week.
I have no issues with GP whatsoever so I guess that's cool.
The 7 weeks came from DVLA with my letter re the medical. They said 3 weeks for docs report and blood sample to reach them and 4 weeks for their decision. Perhaps they are using the outside figures so as not to quote.
This is so nerve racking.
 

JPFMP

New member
#7
It depends on how long you've been drinking like that really

I'm only 22 so I imagine the damage to my liver over my only 4 years of clubbing/bingeing will be a lot less than an alcoholic

I gave up completely for 3 months before my test with only a very rare night out

My test was 7th November, I am still awaiting a decision from DVLA

Good Luck!
 

Moodle

Well-known member
#8
It depends on how long you've been drinking like that really

I'm only 22 so I imagine the damage to my liver over my only 4 years of clubbing/bingeing will be a lot less than an alcoholic

I gave up completely for 3 months before my test with only a very rare night out

My test was 7th November, I am still awaiting a decision from DVLA

Good Luck!
Really JP? That seems a long time, did you answer yes to any questions?

Moodle
 
#9
Hi I am looking to get my licence back within the next month or so.

I wanted to check if my weekly units would be ok, as I was disqualified for drink driving high risk.

I currently drink a minimum of 14.4 units per week, being over the weekend (Fri - Sun nights) and at maximum would be 21.6 per week. I only ever drink these units through lager being Carling (4%) and never have mad nights in excess or drink higher volume drinks as I do not like them.

Mon - Thu nights I am always T total.

I am male, 5 foot 4 I think, and about 10.5 - 11 stone in weight.

Any ideas if I should pass?

Thanks
 
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